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Spamhaus Becomes Victim of Spam Attack

Spam-fighting organization Spamhaus became the vicitim of a large distributed denial-of-service attack this week raising awareness of the security threats posed by millions of poorly configured Internet Domain Name System (DNS) servers. The attack was launched in the form of a spoofed email which appeared to be from Spamhaus and was sent to tens of thousands of DNS resolvers. The DNS resolvers responded to directly to Spamhaus generating a huge volume of traffic, a method spammers use to take down a network by directing huge volumes of useless traffic to it.

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